Saturday, September 11, 2010

The '90s (Albums)

As I end my reflection of the 1990s with my list of favorite albums from the decade it becomes increasingly apparent just how important records were and how much the music industry really changed in that time. It was MTV's first and last full decade of influence. By the end of the '90s the channel had drastically decreased the amount of videos played and reality television was beginning to dominate their programming. Print publications were about to lose their game to online zines and the CD itself was soon to become a thing of the past. 1999 saw the launch of Napster and music would never be the same again. Major labels would soon be crashing as would the idea of an album. In the decade that followed, physical releases were of no importance, release dates turned into leaks, and soon people would only obtain select songs by their favorite artists, something they were previously only able to do with singles. Once again this is a list of how I remember the music from the decade, but unlike the songs I listed earlier, there is an importance to each of these records. I vividly remember the day my parents bought a CD player and countless CDs in the early half of the decade just as clearly as the day my dad helped me download Napster. So not only is this list important because these albums can each hold their own against any other best list from any other decade, but these albums also matter because they were the last of a soon to be dying breed.

100. The Nation of Ulysses | The Thirteen Point Plan to Destroy America
099. Pedro the Lion | It's Hard to Find a Friend
098. Sugar | Copper Blue
097. Lush | Lovelife
096. The Offspring | Americana
095. Rancid | And Out Come the Wolves
094. Earth | Earth 2
093. Fugazi | Repeater
092. Bedhead ] Beheaded
091. The Clean | Vehicle

090. Guns 'N' Roses | Use Your Illusions I & II
089. Temple of the Dog | Temple of the Dog
088. Janet Jackson | The Velvet Rope
087. Cornelious | Fantasma
086. Nas | Illmatic
085. Depeche Mode | Violator
084. Public Enemy | Fear of a Black Planet
083. TLC | CrazySexyCool
082. The Fugees | The Score
081. Jay-Z | Reasonable Doubt

080. The Beta Band | The Three EPs
079. Daft Punk | Homework
078. The Breeders | Last Splash
077. The Cure | Wish
076. Raekwon | Only Built 4 Cuban Linx
075. Shellac | At Action Park
074. Notorious B.I.G. | Ready to Die
073. Red Hot Chili Peppers | Blood Sugar Sex Magic
072. Oasis | What's the Story Morning Glory
071. Dinosaur Jr. | Green Mind

070. Neil Young | Ragged Glory
069. Belle and Sebastian | The Boy with the Arab Strap
068. Madonna | Ray of Light
067. The Dismemberment Plan | Emergency and I
066. Red House Painters | Red House Painters
065. Pale Saints | The Comforts of Madness
064. Galaxie 500 | This is Our Music
063. Alanis Morissette | Jagged Little Pill
062. Jane's Addiction | Ritual de lo Habitual
061. The Jesus Lizard | Goat

060. Saves the Day | Through Being Cool
059. Afghan Whigs | Gentleman
058. Hole | Live Through This
057. Sebadoh | Bakesale
056. Codeine | Frigid Stars
055. Wilco | Summerteeth
054. Sleater-Kinney | Call the Doctor
053. Swervedriver | Mezcal Head
052. Mazzy Star | So That Tonight I May See
051. Pearl Jam | Ten

050. Lauryn Hill | The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill
049. Air | Moon Safari
048. Built to Spill | Keep it Like a Secret
047. Tortoise | TNT
046. Squarepusher | Music is Rotted One Note
045. GZA/Genius | Liquid Swords
044. The Get Up Kids | Something to Write Home About
043. Spiritualized | Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Now Floating In Space
042. American Football | American Football
041. The Flaming Lips | The Soft Bulletin

040. Soundgarden | Superunknown
039. Michael Jackson | Dangerous
038. Mogwai | Young Team
037. Foo Fighters | The Colour and the Shape
036. Massive Attack | Mezzanine
035. Smog | Knock Knock
034. Wu-Tang Clan | Enter the Wu Tang [36 Chambers]
033. Nine Inch Nails | The Downward Spiral
032. Pulp | Different Class
031. Stereolab | Emperor Tomato Ketchup

030. The Cocteau Twins | Heaven or Las Vegas
029. Sonic Youth | Goo
028. Silver Jews | American Water
027. A Tribe Called Quest | Midnight Marauders
026. Smashing Pumpkins | Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness
025. Fiona Apple | When the Pawn...
024. Ride | Nowhere
023. Rodan | Rusty
022. Rage Against the Machine | Rage Against the Machine
021. R.E.M. | Automatic for the People

020. Björk | Post
019. Refused | The Shape of Punk to Come
018. Godspeed You! Black Emperor | F#A#∞
017. Slowdive | Souvlaki
016. Pixies | Bossanova
015. Pavement | Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain
014. Modest Mouse | Lonesome Crowded West
013. Digable Planets | Blowout Comb
012. Boards of Canada | Music Has the Rights to Children
011. Beck | Odelay

010. OutKast | Aquemini
009. Slint | Spiderland
008. Green Day | Dookie
007. Elliott Smith | Either/Or
006. Weezer | Weezer
005. Nirvana | In Utero
004. Portishead | Dummy
003. My Bloody Valentine | Loveless
002. Neutral Milk Hotel | In the Aeroplane Over the Sea
001. Radiohead | OK Computer

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